Ground state?

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Ground state?

Postby Rebecca Remple 1C » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:08 pm

Hi all,

I hope you're all doing well! I'm a bit confused about the meaning of the term "ground state". In the test, one question asked about a "ground state ion". I originally thought that being in a ground state means that an atom has no charge. However, since ions are charged, this conflicted with my original understanding. Can someone explain how a ground state configuration is different from the configuration of an uncharged/neutrally charged atom? Thank you!


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Re: Ground state?

Postby Jordan Young 2J » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:27 pm

I think ground state refers to the lowest possible energy state of an atom or ion which means that there are no excited electrons in the atom or ion. Charge doesn't impact whether electrons are excited or not so that is why ions have a ground state electron configuration. The ground state configuration is just the 1s2 2s2 configuration including the subtraction or addition of electrons. I hope that made sense!

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Re: Ground state?

Postby simmoneokamoto3K » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:31 pm

I believe the ground state refers to the initial state, so the state without any charges and without abbreviating it. It's almost like the full state of the electorn

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Re: Ground state?

Postby nicole-2B » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:26 pm

it is the lowest energy state of an atom

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Re: Ground state?

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:30 pm

Ground state refers to the lowest energy state regardless of whether it's an atom or an ion. Ions are not considered to be in "excited states".

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Re: Ground state?

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:28 pm

Ground state means that none of the electrons are excited. They included that in the test to make sure there was no misunderstanding about how to write the electron configuration of the atoms they listed. All the electrons are in their lowest energy state.

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Re: Ground state?

Postby 105289321 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:27 pm

Ground state just means the electrons aren't excited and its the electron configuration for ions or no charge elements

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